David Hollingsworth

2011 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: Coaching

Wife: Gwendolyn Hollingsworth

David was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Flint in 1968 and was hired by the Beecher School District. David’s first job was a teacher at Marion Harrow Elementary School. Dave went from elementary to Dolan Jr. High as a science and physical education teacher, along with coaching nith-grade football and basketball.

In 1974 Dave transferred to Beecher High School and assisted the varsity football team as quarterback coach from 1974 to 1976. He also coached the boys junior varsity basketball team and was assistant varsity basketball coach under Mike Bedore and Mose Lacy.

In 1974, David became the girls varsity basketball coach, leading the Lady Bucs to 13 consecutive Big Nine Conference championships and 13 consecutive district titles. He had a 35 consecutive games winning streak in the conference and won two state championships.

Between 1980 and 1987 David was named Big Nine Coach of the Year five times and Class B Coach of the Year three times. During his coaching career many of his players were awarded scholarships to attend college and continue their athletic skills in basketball.

A few of his players include:
Shelly Sparks – All Star and All American. Inducted into the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame in 2005.
Melody Bridges – Southern University
Diane Wily – University of Michigan
Carletta Craven – Old Dominion University and Central Michigan
Angie Harris – Akron University
Josette Allen – Akron University
Lashema Marble – N.E. Oklahoma State
Jackie Ferguson Wiley – Fayetteville State University
Vernette Watkins Lott – Fayetteville State University
Janice Smith – Fayetteville State University
Tracy Harris – Mott Community Collge
Tina Summers – Saginaw Valley State University

David said Marie Williams was probably his best player. She was three times Class B All State, first team captain of all her three seasons, Beecher’s all-time leading scorerwith 1,452 points, USA Today All American, Detroit Free Press Athlete of the Year and a finalist for the 1987 Miss Basketball.

David is retired and lives with his wife in Beaufort, North Carolina.